Ja’Marr Chase had 12 receptions for 141 yards to lead the Cincinnati Bengals to a 19-16 victory against the visiting Los Angeles Rams on Monday night. Joe Burrow completed 26 of 49 throws for 259 yards despite having a right calf strain, and he played through the pain to accomplish this.
The Bengals’ (1-2) defense was able to keep the Los Angeles offense in check thanks to two interceptions by Logan Wilson on passes thrown by Matthew Stafford and six sacks by the Bengals.
Stafford ended the game with a completion percentage of 18 of 33 for 269 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. Stafford threw a touchdown pass to Tutu Atwell from one yard out with one minute and three seconds remaining in the game after Brett Maher had limited the Rams (1-2) to three field goals.
The Bengals were successful in recovering the subsequent onside kick.
Evan McPherson was successful with all four field goal attempts, which contributed to Cincinnati taking the lead in the game.
Atwell took an end about and sprinted to the end zone from 24 yards out on the game’s first drive for Los Angeles. On playback, however, it was seen that Atwell had stepped out of bounds at the 2-yard line.
The following play resulted in a sack for the Rams by DJ Reader on Stafford, and in the end, they were forced to settle for a field goal by Maher from 30 yards out.
It wasn’t until there were 12 minutes and 55 seconds remaining in the second quarter that the Bengals were able to react. McPherson kicked a field goal from 49 yards out to tie the game at three all at that point.
Later in the quarter, the field goal kickers for both sides switched kicks, and it was McPherson’s 53-yard field goal as time ran out in the first half that brought the score to a draw between the two teams, 6-6.
Cincinnati put together the game’s first drive that culminated in a score when Maher kicked a field goal from 42 yards out to end the first possession of the second half. Joe Mixon’s touchdown run of 14 yards with 5 minutes and 34 seconds remaining in the third quarter capped off a successful drive for the Bengals that covered 75 yards in 10 plays and gave the home team a 13-9 advantage.
Mixon ended with 65 yards on the ground after carrying the ball 19 times.
Before Stafford connected with Atwell for the late touchdown that gave Los Angeles a fighting chance, McPherson added two more field goals to Cincinnati’s lead, bringing the total number of points she scored to ten.